All right, so a common question that we get is, "Once I have porcelain veneers, can I whiten them?" and the answer is, unfortunately, no. Porcelain is like fine china. Once we've picked the color of that, it doesn't discolor or change over a period of time. Veneers can get a surface stains, like from normal eating and things like that, but that's easily polished away. The underlying porcelain won't change colors. So if you notice that your porcelain veneers have started to discolor over a period of time, really one of two things have happened, either the tooth behind it has started to change colors, which is very unlikely, or the veneer has started to break down and is starting to actually leak from underneath and you're seeing discoloration that's occurring between the veneer and the tooth
One of the common questions we get is, "If I don't like these, can I take them off or can they be removed?" Well, porcelain veneers can be removed, however, if your particular situation required that we do some reduction to the teeth then you'll always need a porcelain veneer or some type of restoration on that tooth. If, however, you had a no prep veneer, which means that no reduction to the tooth was done, that veneer can be removed. Now, when we remove it there is some amount of polishing that has to be done to the enamel to get that area smooth again. Unfortunately, not everybody's a candidate for a no prep veneer. Depending on the alignment and the color and the desired result, some people can have it and some people can't. We will use our clinical expertise to help you decide if you're a good candidate to have a no prep veneer and if you are, then obviously that's our choice because it gives us the most options in the future.
Another common question that we get is, "If I don't like them, can I just take them off?" Well, the answer is is it depends. It depends on what type of veneer we had to place. If it's a traditional or minimal prep veneer, then no, they're not an irreversible procedure. You're always going to have a veneer on that tooth. We always encourage our patients to be fully aware that when you do this change, it's for a life and we want it to be beautiful and we're gonna help it look great. You need to know that it's not always something that you can take off and act like it never happened.